Donald Trump's Milwaukee speech was like something out of a 1950s campaign speech from George Wallace, where he blamed Democrats for the unrest in the city, saying Hillary Clinton "hates" police. CNN commentator Van Jones wasn't having any of it, pointing out that Trump actually went to a suburb of Milwaukee and was talking to a nearly all-white crowd of supporters.
"The reason he didn't go to Milwaukee is the reason he doesn't go to African American communities in general. It's easy to talk about a community that you're not talking to," Jones said, admitting that Trump does talk to some black pastors, but in large part he doesn't talk to or understand communities of color.
Jones then explained that the way a leader calms people is through speeches like the one Bobby Kennedy gave after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The contrast is stark. Kennedy cared for the poor and for people of color where Trump is speaking only to those who don't empathize with the African American community.
"His message tonight was so shocking in its divisiveness," Jones continued. "Trying to pit Blacks against Latinos, which is the worst thing that you can do!"
Kennedy, by contrast, went "right into the heart of the community in Indiana and spoke to the hearts of those people in a moment of grief and brought peace and calm," Jones said.
"I watched this speech with alarm in my heart," he said of Trump's speech. "That an American leader would walk into a situation like this with so little grace."
Jones went on to explain that conversations about these problems are necessary, but not when they lack the empathy to understand those facing police brutality each day.
"There is a way to talk to African Americans about the problems that we have," Jones began. "We're tired of going to funerals. We're tired of crime. But we are crushed right now between street violence and some unlawful police violence. And if you care about us, you've got to talk about both sides of the problem and bring people together, not talk about one side of the problem and try to divide us against Latinos."
Check out the poignant commentary in the video below via Crooks and Liars: